Letter: Birthplace of England.Byline: Andrew Pearce
I READ this week that an expert in Viking history, Professor Harding of Nottingham University, has brought new arguments to prove that the battle of Brunanburh Noun 1. battle of Brunanburh - a battle in 937 when Athelstan defeated the Scots
Scotland - one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; located on the northern part of the island of Great in AD937 in fact took place on what is now Brackenwood golf course in Wirral, Brunanburh perhaps being an old name for nearby Bromborough.
At this bloodbath, an invasion force of Norwegian Vikings who had settled in Scotland, Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. and Ireland, and who were trying to make new conquests further south, were routed by a Saxon army under King Athelstan (Alfred the Great's son).
This battle is often cited as the moment when Englishness was born because it was the first time that the various Saxon kingdoms in different parts of what is now England had come together to fight a common foe.
Merseyside can therefore claim to be the birthplace of England and of the English race. Should a plaque be put up to commemorate this momentous mo·men·tous
Of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence: a momentous occasion; a momentous decision. event and mention made in tourist literature?
Andrew Pearce, Eastham, Wirral